A recent update to Sky Guide boosts your superhuman powers to let you see in different wavelengths, from x-ray to microwave.
The above pic shows you three different iPhone screens; The first shows the sky with a hydrogen alpha filter (exclusive photography by Fifth Star Labs own Nick Risinger); the third shows the sky in x-ray wavelength; and the middle one displays both at the same time via the loupe.
Further wavelengths showing the visible, infrared and microwave spectrums.
The example images are displaying the same patch of sky for comparison, and each wavelength covers the whole sky and can be rotated and swiped as normal. Note how they gives us different information, building up a fuller picture than any one spectrum.
1 In the top right example, the spectrum is set to X-Ray; tap-hold the display to bring up the loupe (middle image).
2 Rotate the loupe’s nib to switch between spectrums. Here we’ve settled on hydrogen alpha.
3 You can change the size of the loupe by dragging its edge.
4 Tap away from the loupe to dismiss it, or in this case, expand with a smooth swipe to make it fullscreen.
5 Tap the ‘i’ button for an article about the current wavelength.
6 To get back to the more usual visible spectrum, tap-hold to bring up another loupe and switch it to ‘visible’.
High Skies – Au Début du Voyage.
Using actual moon flyover footage created by JAXA (used by kind permission)
We’ve just completed videos for all the tracks on the ‘High Skies – Sounds of Earth’ release and will be posting a new video every Monday.
1 Au Début du Voyage
2 The Shape of Things to Come (coming next Monday)
Eight minutes of ballerina-like pure analogue synths, gentle soundwaves lapping over the tape echo. Equipment used: Roland Space Echo, Roland Jupiter 6, ARP Odyssey and the Akai S612 vintage sampler. No MIDI.
It’s based on our iPad app of the same name, but has been updated and is available for your browser. It’s still in beta and uses experimental HTML5 code so it won’t work on all browsers, but I can confirm it does work on Chrome and Safari 6, possibly Firefox. Other browsers such as IE and Mobile Safari (ipad) may be missing features such as music.
A mini video of a super-massive coronal mass ejection, travelling at 900 miles per second. The Earth would be about the same size as the smallest feature you can see on the Sun’s surface, or about 1/100th the diameter of the Sun.
Images were captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, August 2012.